ROSEBORO — Third-grade math teacher Roshika Boone returned to her Roseboro Elementary School classroom Thursday morning. The days of the summer break are winding down and her classroom will soon be filled with students.
“It’s exciting to know you have new minds to work with,” she said. “So we need to encourage and help them reach their potential.”
According to Dr. Wendy Cabral, assistant superintendent of personnel services for Sampson County Schools (SCS), about 550 teachers will educate students this year.
“We’re very excited about a great year in Sampson County Schools,” Cabral said.
Boone is a member of Roseboro Elementary’s third-grade team of teachers. Educator Kara Williams is looking forward to teaching reading to third-graders throughout the year. She said it’s something for which she has a passion.
“I was that kid who sat in the corner and read while everyone was playing,” Williams said. “I love finding ways for kids who think reading is a punishment to understand that reading is fun.”
Each year, she enjoys teaching a group of new children.
“Every year is a new adventure,” Williams said.
Michelle Hinson, the team’s science and social studies leader, also returned although she’s going to be on maternity leave until the end of October. She’s expecting a daughter in several days.
Last year, she taught reading, but a decision to switch with Williams was made because of her absence for about nine weeks and the importance of Read to Achieve, a legislative program aimed toward helping third-graders become better readers. During the summer, she spent a lot of time focusing on her new duties of teaching science and social studies. The former kindergarten educator is looking forward to seeing some of her old students.
“I’m looking forward to seeing how they’ve grown and I’m excited,” Hinson said.
Williams feels the same way when it comes to students at the kindergarten level and helping through other periods when they have more responsibility as students.
“They get to us and all of a sudden there’s this huge leap where they’re expected to be mature and take an (End-of-Grade) test,” she said.
But at the end of the year, they’re ready to take assessments and take more accountability as students.
“Believe me, that’s quite a journey in between,” she said.
Along with other administrators in Sampson County, Roseboro Elementary Principal Tonya Colwell is ready for the new year.
“We have a wonderful family here and it’s great working with my staff, students, parents and the community,” Colwell said.
SCS is now introducing 40 new teachers to the district through orientations, which includse training and management. Thirty-five are beginning teachers. Brenda Nordin, beginning teacher/mentor coordinator, is helping them through the process.
“They have a lot of enthusiasm and they are dedicated to getting in the classroom and meeting the needs of students,” Nordin said.
Students and parents throughout SCS will have an opportunity to meet teachers and school leaders during open house events. A schedule is available online through the Sampson Independent at https://goo.gl/reB79g.
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